dswink wrote:I am looking for partners to climb Pico de Orizaba, Iztaccihuatl, La Malinche and Nevado de Toluca from November 15 to December 2, 2007.
11/15 - Arrive Mexico City at 12:30 p.m. Catch bus from airport to Toluca and spend the night in a hotel.
11/16 - Take taxi to Nevado de Toluca. Spend day with easy acclimatization climbing on Nevado de Toluca. Return to hotel in Toluca.
11/17 - Take bus to resort at La Malinche. Spend night at resort hut.
11/18 - Climb La Malinche. Take bus to Amecameca. Spend night at hotel.
11/19 - Climb to hut on Normal route on Izta. Spend the rest of the day hiking and then camp at hut.
11/20 - Summit Izta via Normal route and descend to hut. Traverse to Ayoloco hut and spend the night.
11/21 - Summit Izta via the Ayoloco Glacier route, descend to La Joya, and then return to the hotel in Amecameca.
11/22 - Take bus to Puebla and then on to Tlachichuca. Stay at Senor Reyes' hostel.
11/23 - Take cab to the village of Hidalago, and then begin hiking through the park towards the Piedra Grande hut. Camp in the park.
11/24 - Hike to Pierdra Grande hut. Climb through the Labyrinth and return to the hut for the night.
11/25 - Climb to the base of the Jamapa Glacier and build camp. Spend night at camp.
11/26 - Summit Orizaba and return to Piedra Grande to catch a ride to Tlachichuca. Stay at Senor Reyes' hostel.
11/27 - 11/29 Travel to hut on south side of Pico de Orizaba and climb via Ruta Sul or Ruta Directa- Espinazo.
11/30 - 12/1 - Weather days - If not needed, travel to Teotihuacan to see the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon.
12/2 - Fly Home at 5 PM
I have booked my flight, so the start and finish dates are firm (for myself) but the rest of the trip is still quite flexible. I would be open to folks joining for any part of the trip. I would prefer to do a "getting aquainted" climb in the US with anyone wanting to go up Izta or Orizaba.
I speak enough Spanish to travel and have fun in Mexico.
I have taken the ride up to Piedra Grande and you are right, it is a long, long way. On the other hand, it is very scenic and I have read trip reports of folks who have hiked it from Hidalgo, which is a bit less than half way(?) up to the hut. I have the luxury of just over two weeks on this trip so I was looking for ideas that will give me rest time between climbs and provide gradual increases in altitude. A 20 kilometer hike with 4K of elevation gain in two days may not actually be restful.....so I may re-think that part of the trip. Thanks.
If you stop into one of the little Internet shops, please post a conditions report when you come off of Orizaba. Hope to see you during your trip.
I should explain our approach to this trip. At 19 days long, this Mexico climbing trip is about twice the length of most trips to the area. Rather than looking for the fastest way to get up each mountain, we want to use the extra time to increase our chances of success at altitude and get in as much climbing/high altitude fun as possible.
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